Modern Foreign Languages and Music; Language as Sound, and Sound as Communication

It has long since occurred to me that different languages each hold their own music. I am a life long speaker of three languages and have enjoyed the pulse, rhythms, and song-like qualities of each of them. Foreign languages have their own individual musicality. This is something quite obviously present and available within poetry…whether the poem is in rhyme or modern prose style. But, I also believe such musicality is present and very much accessible in everyday speech (especially when the topic of discussion delves deeper and or more passionately into the subject). There are regional differences across counties within various countries. So, it follows that the ‘music’ of the language makes its differences known to native speakers. Many ways of speaking and sounding abound. So long as we are engaging new ideas and new modes of expression, everyday language makes use of many hallmark elements of music: i.e. phrasing, timing, tempo, intensity, mood colouration (modulation), theme with variations, and originality.

I have recently spent a little time in online exploration of language resources. And, fortunately for us there are many. I share with you a few to assist with those learning Spanish, and or, German. Both are, for me, fine examples of colourful and melodic MFL languages widely studied in schools today. I hope the links help to further your own language studies. And, I also hope you take notice of the wealth of expression, new pathways to logic, cultural interchange, and just plain great musicality available in other languages. All of these things may also be listed as benefits we garner whilst listening to music!  Ich wunsch’ euch eine gute Lehrreisse! Les espero una buena aventura aprendida!

Hay mucho mas que decir…Es gibt noch viel zu sagen…More to say in future

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